Sensing Our World Workshop
[email protected], 26th -28th July 2012
Margaret J. Low, Philip How,
John Rendall, Marie Low
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workshop outline
• build and calibrate sensors
• choose and build your own sensor
• share ideas for sensors and applications
Tilt Sensor
Variable Value
Sensor
Bottle Top
Drums
Buttons & Pots
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for this workshop you need:
• scratch software (scratch.mit.edu)
• sensor board driver (USB)
workshop sheets are here:
http://go.warwick.ac.uk/scratchresources
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Technology Volunteers
Outreach workshops designed to encourage
young people have a deeper understanding of:
• modern hi-tech products
• relationship between hardware and software
• sensing the world around us
go.warwick.ac.uk/techvolunteers
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Aim: support technology
related projects and
activities in local schools.
Warwick
Volunteers
STEM
Ambassadors
(UK Scheme)
Technology
Volunteers
STEM Events
& Activities
Sensing The
World
others
Programming
by Stealth
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what?
1 hour
sensor
workshops
in local
secondary
schools
student led
Scratch developed by MIT Media Lab
Scratch Sensor Board (Picoboard)
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who?
undergrad
volunteers
postgrad +
staff
STEM
background
STEM
Ambassador
volunteer
skills +
training
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where?
whole class
in school
mini
community
of learners
software
on school
computers
broaden
teachers
experience
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Why Sensors?
enhance
gaming
experience
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Sensors in Smart Phones
Light
Accelerometer
Temperature
Orientation
Pressure
Proximity
Sound
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Sensors are everywhere…WMR
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Internet of
Things
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Scratch Sensor Board (Picoboard)
Slider
Additional Sensors
Light
Sound
Press
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Scratch sprites can respond to
• Sound, change how the sprite looks
when there is a loud sound.
• Light, hide when its dark (or light)
• Others, use the slider and button to
control a character in a video game.
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Using Sensors with Scratch
• Sensors return value from 0 … 100
• Keep reading values from sensor (loop)
• Calibration of sensors
Scratch provides Scratchboard Watcher!
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this
workshop
home made
sensors
home made
interfaces
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Now to build sensors and
develop sample applications
Demo: touchpad, guitar, glove, etch a sketch
Tilt Sensor
Variable Value
Sensor
Bottle Top
Drums
Buttons & Pots
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finally
share ideas for….
sensors
interfaces
applications
???
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Thanks.....
Technology
Volunteers
2011-2012:
Phil How
Zora Mbatha
Andrew Sula
Stephen Tate
Fiona Tang
Mihir Parekh
Sana Pathan
Peter Rose
Sarah Newell
Helen Kendrick
Kim Waite
Jenny Watson
Hannah Hodgson
Jean Bodycote
Whitley Abbey
School
Robert Low
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